Nigerians in US mark Independence Day

Nigerians living in the United States have lined up activities to celebrate the nation’s 52nd independence in New York from October 4 to October 6, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Mr Tony Ebeh, a member of the Organisation for the Advancement of Nigerians, told NAN that the celebration would start with a welcome party.

According to him, there will be a cultural night on Friday and a colourful Nigeria Independence Day parade to round it off on Saturday.

“The Nigeria Independence celebration in New York City brings Nigerians from all walks of life and inter-generational groups together in the course of planning and celebrating their homeland.

“Thousands of Nigerians and friends of Nigeria from all over the world come to New York City each October to celebrate Nigeria,’’ Ebeh said.

He said that no fewer than 30,000 people participated in the 2011 celebration.

“This celebration is funded by patriotic Nigerians and businesses serving the Nigerian community.

“While we welcome contributions from private individuals, businesses and government entities, we intend to keep our Independence Day celebration as a privately-run event,’’ he said.

He said that prominent artistes from Nigeria would entertain Nigerian youths who would proudly and boldly display their “Nigerian pride.’’

Ebeh said the organisation started the Nigeria Independence Day Parade in the U S in 1991.

He said that the annual event had grown to be the biggest and largest celebration of Nigeria’s Independence Day outside the nation’s shores.

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